How to remove nails – the easy way

Sawdust Girl Tip: nail pulling pliers

How to remove nails - the easy way I've pulled my share of nails in my life.  I've pulled nails out of trim moulding that I've removed and wanted to reuse.  I've pulled them out of subfloors after ripping out the flooring.  Popped nails, broken nails, miss nails, fail nails... No matter the reason Continue Reading

Workshop Organization Ideas


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Extend the life of sandpaper with an abrasive cleaning stick

Abrasive cleaning stick extends life of sandpaper

Did you know that you can extend the life of your sandpaper and abrasives with a cleaning stick?  Yep! You know when you're sanding and your sandpaper gets all gunked up and stops being effective because sawdust is embedded in all the spaces in around and between the abrasive grit?  Yeah, you   Continue Reading

Gadgets for the New Carpenter

gadget guide for the new carpenter

I covered all the power tools I use on a regular basis in my Power Tools for the New Carpenter post.  There are a few other tools and gadgets I use when building cabinets and buit-ins that help me get professional results.  If you are a new carpenter and want to have everything on hand for that next Continue Reading

Power Tools for the New Carpenter

power tools for new carpenter

So you want to be a carpenter?  Sweet!  Now let's get you geared up. Maybe you don't want to be a "carpenter" per say, but you want to build something ... and just don't know where to start?  Don't know what tools you need?   I get asked for my 2 cents on this subject all the time -- so here's Continue Reading

Random Orbital Sander {Workshop Fav}


I've had a LOT of different sanders over the years:  belt, square, little triangle shaped ones...but the random orbital sander is my Go-To.    I had to buy a new one a few weeks ago because:  1.  the hook and loop pad on my old sander was worn out,  2.  it takes 24 hours to glue a new pad on and 3 Continue Reading

The 411 on Paint Sprayers


Ever since I mentioned it on Facebook and on my Library reveal post, I've gotten tons of emails and Facebook messages asking for information on the paint sprayer I purchased.  So here it is in a tidy package:   My 2 cents about paint sprayers, what I purchased and how it worked for me. First o Continue Reading

Workshop Fav: Rolling Work Cart

rolling work cart

Time for another Workshop Favorite: the rolling work cart.   I have this one that we bought YEARS ago, but I've created some plans that one could use to transform an old cabinet into a rolling work cart on the cheap that would work just as well.   I load my work cart up with all the Continue Reading

Workshop Fav: Work Light

work light

I use a work light when I texture, sand or paint walls.  Set to shine on the wall at an angle, it creates shadows and illuminates flaws.   It allows me to see what I would otherwise only notice months later, while sitting on the couch enjoying a cold root beer float and trying to Continue Reading

Improved Dust Collection (workshop fav)


Up until recently, I've just been using a regular old Shop Vac for dust collection and I used to constantly have to replace my filter because it would bet so clogged with fine dust that the vac would lose suction.  Last year, I added an Oneida Dust Deputy cyclone to improve my shop vac dust Continue Reading